Dream destination & traveling companion(s) (alive, dead
My favorite travelling companions are always my girlfriend Danica and my dog Gonzo. Honestly there are many places I would like to visit but the place I really want to go is inside and once you find that place you can have peace no matter where you are.
2. Most unforgettable experience?
The one I am having right now.
3. Music you can’t live without?
Oh man I can go on for days about music. I love music more than most things. I love psychedelic music and all the little sub–genres. Early krautrock bands like Amon Düül II, German Oak and Guru Guru; Japanese Psych bands Far Out and Flower Travellin’ Band; and modern stuff like Black Mountain, Titan, and San Diego’s own Earthless get played a lot when I paint. I have always loved music that makes me want to punch the air like High On Fire, Slayer, Baroness, Ramming Speed, Venom, Metallica, Exodus, , Fucked Up, Rats Eyes, Misfits. Oh and I have to throw in The Burning Of Rome because I love those guys (more good local music).
4. Book recommendation?
I like reading Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter Thompson, Aldous Huxley, Edgar Allan Poe... I am currently enjoying Be Here Now by Ram Dass and have been getting into the “real” world history books like the fascinating but brutal book I just finished, “The Rape Of Nanking,” by Iris Chang. I like books that challenge me in one way or another.
5. Who or what inspires you and how does that come out in your art?
I try to be inspired by everything and nothing. By that I mean I take a lot in but I like to think that the images/creatures I create are unique to my visions. I’m not saying that I don’t have artistic inspirations and you can see none of that in my work, but I am not trying to channel or call on that when I paint. I am trying to tell and discover my own story through all of this. Mostly it’s quiet and moments of clarity that inspire me to make art.
6. Any ?
are your favorite mediums and how do they speak to you?
I love painting in acrylic. Mostly because this is how I learned to paint, and it is very forgiving. I can paint something and as I am working I can almost immediately paint over it if I don’t like what I put down originally. This allows me to be very free and loose when I am noodling around and trying to figure out what or who it is I am actually painting. It dries very quickly. This becomes a challenge when blending, though. I also enjoy pen and ink because it is bold, permanent and unforgiving.
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